Marysa’s photographic practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour, identity, communication, exchange and interaction. Participation and collaborative possibilities are vital to her process. Works are an exploration and observation of how people co-exist, relate to and interact with each other, and the various environments they inhabit.
“I use photography as a tool to articulate experiences about our lives, how we live them and how we choose to represent ourselves. Participation in photography is a way to assert our place in the world. My projects are cross cultural in nature, as I work in several countries on the same ideas. I build connections across communities, societies and cultures. I aim to create thoughtful and playful photographic works, that come into being through social interaction”
Currently Marysa is working on a project talking to and making portraits with Women in the UK and Mexico, aiming to use the images as a starting point for an exchange between the women. She is resident artists at GOSH Arts (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and producing her first book, Blue Bag a 10-year international project with Stuart Smith of Smith Design.
The Conversation, Mexico and UK 2018
Currently I am working with women of all ages in my home city London and
locations across Mexico, talking to them about the kind of Change they want at home and globally. We discuss issues including safety, home, consent, power, machismo, femicide, religion, abortion rights, freedom, equality, assumed and given roles, access to knowledge and women’s rights in the work place. Use familiar household items, their bodies and relevant locations we make portraits together to start a conversation about Change. Over the coming months the portraits made as part of The Conversation will be a foundation for an online exchange between women in the UK and Mexico. This project is supported by All Change Arts, London, with additional support from MARCO museum and ITESO university in Mexico.
all images © Marysa Dowling